The MSC Summer Theatre was launched in 1963 by Delmar J. Hansen with
three one-act avant-garde plays produced in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The
junior college facilities made the production of plays barely possible.
But the enthusiasm of his college students, working through extreme
difficulties, convinced Dr. Hansen that summer theatre was possible in
In 1965 eight plays were produced in Weld Hall auditorium, and the
Fargo-Moorhead community became enthralled and committed to live theatre
and the theatre company now named The Straw Hat Players.
Since that time, The Straw Hat Players has become a regionally
acclaimed summer theatre company committed to providing theatre students
with opportunities to perform in conditions similar to those
experienced by professional actors, and to foster the growth and
accessibility of live theatre as a necessary and enlightening element of
the region's cultural life.